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December 24, 2018
In Case You Missed It
Holiday Office Hours
The ACPE office is closed for winter recess until January 2, 2019 at 9:00am eastern. We appreciate your patience while our team spends time with family and loved ones. We will check messages periodically for immediate needs, otherwise, we look forward to our continued work together in the new year.
2019 ACPE Annual Conference First Look!
Registration for the 2019 ACPE Annual Conference is now open via paper registration form. We hope that you join us in Scottsdale, Arizona this spring for what is sure to be an incredible time! Completed forms can be sent to

Help ACPE host a terrific conference! Please consider making a sponsorship gift to support a specific conference event or scholarships for students.

Online registration will be available in the New Year.
Who? What? When? Images from ACPE's Past
Thank you for your responses to last week's photo! Your answers helped us identify (from left to right) George Fitzgerald, Rod Seeger, Dave Wendleton, Jan Humphries and Kent Schaufelberger. 
Annual Report Process: Reports Due January 15th
The Annual Report for the Year Ending December 31, 2018 may be accessed by logging in to BoardEffect via the ACPE website. The form will be available by December 10, 2018 and must be completed no later than January 15, 2019, by midnight in your local time zone. 

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ACPE Boisen Scholars Program - Support for Students to Attend the 2019 ACPE Annual Conference - Apply by January 15, 2019!
We are now accepting applications for the ACPE Boisen Scholars Program! Thanks to the generosity of ACPE donors, this opportunity provides funding support for ACPE students to attend the 2019 Annual Conference, "Exploring the Soul of Spiritual Care Education" in Scottsdale, Arizona (May 8 -10, 2019). ACPE students include Level I and Level 2 students, chaplain residents and Certified Educator Candidates. All ACPE Certified Educators are asked to encourage interested students to apply for this opportunity.

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2019 Annual Conference Call For Poster Applications - Deadline Extended:  January 31
You are invited to submit a poster session proposal for the 2019 ACPE Annual Conference.

The ACPE Research Committee invites applications to present research posters at the 2019 ACPE Annual Conference on May 8-10 in Scottsdale, AZ. Applications will be reviewed by the Research Committee and selections will be made by the following criteria:

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Chaplaincy Innovation Lab
Chaplaincy Innovation Lab
ACPE is a proud sponsor and partner of the Chaplaincy Innovation Lab, a think tank that supports research, teaching, and the provision of spiritual care in a range of settings. As the human spirit grows, changes and struggles, chaplains and spiritual care providers accompany people along the way. They gather and translate the research needed to support this work. Headquartered at Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts, the Lab links people across the United States and around the world.
Weekly Highlights
This Week's Reflection
While we know some of you probably love the "Christmas Movie Marathon" on the Hallmark channel, others may be looking for something more....robust. For some, it may be Emily Dickenson's "Hope is the thing with feathers." For others, that may yet be too...fluffy. To you, we offer the following poem"
"The Hope I Know" by Thomas Centonella

doesn't come with feathers.
It lives in flip-flops and, in cold weather,
a hooded sweatshirt, like a heavyweight
in training, or a monk who has taken
a half-hearted vow of perseverance.
It only has half a heart, the hope I know.
The other half it flings to every stalking hurt.
It wears a poker face, quietly reciting
the laws of probability, and gladly
takes a back seat to faith and love,
it's that many times removed
from when it had youth on its side
and beauty. Half the world wishes
to stay as it is, half to become
whatever it can dream,
while the hope I know struggles
to keep its eyes open and its mind
from combing an unpeopled beach.
Congregations sway and croon,
constituents vote across their party line,
rescue parties wait for a break
in the weather. And who goes to sleep
with a prayer on the lips or half a smile
knows some kind of hope.
Though not the hope I know,
which slinks from dream to dream
without ID or ally, traveling best at night,
keeping to the back roads and the shadows,
approaching the radiant city
without ever quite arriving.
We make no claim about the quality or appropriateness of the following link, but as well-worn as the original poem - "A Visit from St. Nicholas" is, we will just leave this here for those who need a little distraction from Christmas hegemony: 

Funny Versions of "'Twas the Night Before Christmas"
Monday, December 24
* Christmas Eve - Christianity (Western and Eastern churches)
Celebration of the arrival of Mary and Joseph in Bethlehem for the birth of Jesus. It is observed with worship, carols, candle lighting, manger scenes and festive meals.

Tuesday, December 25
* Christmas Day/Feast of the Nativity - Christianity (Western and Eastern churches)
Celebration of the birth of Jesus of Nazareth, observed by prayers, exchanging of gifts, and family parties.

Wednesday, December 26
* St. Stephen's Day - Christianity
Remembrance of St. Stephen, the first Christian martyr.

* Kwanzaa begins (through January 1) - African American heritage
A seven-day festival that celebrates values highly regarded by people of African American ancestry. The values include umoja (unity), kujichagulia (self-determination), ujima (collective work and responsibility), ujamaa (cooperative economics), nia (purpose), kuumba (creativity), and imani (faith). Each of these principles, collectively known as the Nguzo Saba, is represented by a red or green candle, each of which is lit on successive days using a central black candle.

* Zaratosht Diso [Anniversary of the death of the prophet Zarathustra (Zoroaster)] - Zoroastrianism
Estimates of when he lived vary from the sixth to the second millenium B.C.E., but this date memorializes the death of the prophet Zoroaster, whose hymns (gathas) are preserved in the Zoroastrian scriptures.

Friday, December 28
* Holy Innocents' Day - Christianity
A day of solemn memory for the male children of Bethlehem killed by King Herod in an attempt to destroy Jesus.
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This Week's Career Opportunities & Residency/CEC Openings
  • Career Opportunities 
  • Executive Director, Urban CPE Consortium, Chicago, IL
  • Director of CPE, Geisinger Health, Danville, PA
  • ACPE Certified Educator, Houston Methodist, Houston, TX
  • Residency/CEC/CPE Unit Openings
  • VA Southern Oregon Rehabilitation Center and Clinics, White City, OR
  • Providence Health & Services Southern California, Burbank, CA
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